Until your baby’s cord falls off you should only give him a sponge bath, to do this make sure the room is warm and without any drafts. Then make sure you have everything you are going to need:
1 Baby’s Own hooded towel
2 Baby’s Own washcloths
1 small container
1 bottle California Baby Hair and Body wash
1 California Baby Moisturizing Cream
1 California Baby Calendula Cream (for diaper area)
Undress your baby, leaving his diaper on, and then wash his hair and face, then his body working down to his toes. Then take his diaper off and wash his bottom and genitals. If you have a boy please refer the circumcision care section.
Once your baby’s cord has fallen off and his circumcision has healed you may give him a full bath. A full bath is given every other day. On the other days you should give your baby a sponge bath.
Be sure the room is warm and without any drafts, have all the articles needed for bathing and dressing after the bath. I always work from toe to head so your baby won’t get as cold, and put a wet washcloth on his tummy to keep him a little warmer. Remember this is a great opportunity for a “fun time” with your baby. Please remember children should never be left unattended in the tub.
Written by Kathy Sinclair, CLE, CPD